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Updated: Jul 8

Man with Sinus problems

Many of us suffer from sinus and it spoils the beauty of spring and summer. Sinus occurs when the air filled spaces in the bones behind the cheeks and forehead and around the eyes become inflamed, swollen and blocked. The cause can be allergy, infection, irritation, atmospheric pressure changes or an obstruction. Inflammation in this area is called sinusitis. Symptoms are a blocked nose and congestion with pressure inside the face, persistent pain and swelling behind the nose and above the eyes or headaches.

If the problem is not attended to then it can develop into tenderness in that area, postnasal drip leading to cough, bad breath, impaired sense of taste and smell, sinus pain, yellow or green mucus or a high temperature.

Inflammation can occur due to infection such as a cold, allergy sensitivity to pollen, dust mites, moulds, pollution, cigarettes, chemicals, foods, animals etc. dental infections, changing air pressure in the ears from activities such as swimming or even high stress levels.

Although congestion can be relieved by decongestants it is possible to become reliant on these. There are many natural products that you can use to relieve sinus in conjunction with proper diet.

Vitamin C in high doses is important but be careful as this vitamin in excess can cause diarrhoea. Bioflavonoids, rutin, hesperidin, citrin, garlic, Vitamin A (take care as this vitamin in large doses can be toxic) also help. Honey is good, Calcium lactate, Bee Pollen (but not if you are allergic to pollen), Brewer’s Yeast (but not if you have allergies here) is high in Vitamin B which fights infection, B6 which is a natural antihistamine, Vitamin E and Zinc.

Juices that are good to drink are lemon, black currant, orange, pineapple, carrot, beet, tomato, green pepper, watercress, small doses added to vegetable juice of onion and garlic juice. Good herbal teas are rose hip, chamomile, peppermint, lemon grass, ginger, and sage.

We can do a sensitivity test at our natural healing clinic in Greystanes to tell you exactly what you are sensitive to and suggest supplements which will not only help alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms but minimise the congestion long term.

Call us on +61 414 680 713 to book your sensitivity test with our Naturopath in Sydney. #sinusproblems #healthtips

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